A powerhouse singer, American-born Anastacia achieved her greatest professional success on the international charts. After taking second on the competition "The Cut" (MTV, 1997-99), she released her d...
Singer Anastacia has detailed her heartache over the breakdown of her marriage on her upcoming album Resurrection. The I'm Outta Love hitmaker split from her husband Wayne Newton in 2010 after three years of marriage, and she used the painful experience to provide inspiration for new track Pendulum.
She tells Britain's Daily Mail, "It's totally about the loss of my marriage, but it's a beautiful song. I think I lost a bit of myself for a while. My career got so busy I'd be thinking: 'Who the hell I am?'
"I used to believe in happy-ever-afters. Now, I have a bit more of a realistic approach... If I still believed in happy-ever-after the way I used to, I wouldn't have been able to write this album."
Resurrection is due for release in May (14).
Pop star Anastacia has lobbied American officials in a bid to have the age for routine breast screenings to be lowered, but fears the battle is "impossible". The I'm Outta Love singer discovered she had breast cancer in 2003, aged 34, when she underwent a mammogram scan prior to breast reduction surgery. She appeared to have beaten the disease, but it returned last year (13) so she underwent a double mastectomy.
Anastacia, now 45, believes the key to beating cancer is early detection but she is disappointed that her lobbying efforts could not change the minimum age for mammograms in the U.S., where only women over 40 years of age have regular testing.
She tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "I did try to lobby for the change of breast exams in America but it's an impossible feat.
"It's going to be 40 and stay 40 as it's too expensive to lower it. It's become a business and there's highs and lows about what it is. I don't want to disrespect the doctors but... That's government in a nutshell. I love them for the great things they do for us, but some things they don't do well for us."
Pop star Anastacia was struck down with depression following her double mastectomy. The I'm Outta Love singer underwent the drastic procedure last year (13) after learning she had been diagnosed with breast cancer for a second time.
Anastacia now admits she suffered nasty side effects from the pain medication she was given in the aftermath of the operation, including depression.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "(I suffered depression) but only because of the painkillers. I didn't want to take them (the painkillers) - I'm not someone who likes to do drugs of any kind - but I had to and they weigh heavy on you after a while.
"It was the kind of pain that can drive you crazy, you know. I hadn't been prepared for that."
Pop star Anastacia scrapped plans to tell the world about her double mastectomy after actress Angelina Jolie went public with her own surgery revelation. The I'm Outta Love singer was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003, and she opted for the drastic operation after the disease returned in early 2013.
She underwent surgery shortly before Jolie told the world about her own double mastectomy last May (13) and found out about the actress' news while in hospital recovering.
Anastacia admits Jolie's headline-grabbing revelation prompted her to keep quiet about her own health news.
She tells Britain's Hello! magazine, "I was lying in my hospital bed hooked up to an IV (intravenous drip), listening to the fact that she (Jolie) just had one too and it was kind of surreal. I had planned to announce mine sooner... So when Angelina went public and shared her journey - and she did it with such class and grace - I was like, 'Thanks, girl, you got this, the pressure's off.' I felt like it was God's way of telling me 'Take your time'. In hindsight, I really needed that time in private to heal."
Anastacia went public with her news in October (14), five months after Jolie shared the details of her preventative surgery.
Singer Anastacia is helping to raise money for a breast cancer charity by donating one of her bras to a new campaign. The I'm Outta Love hitmaker, who successfully fought off the disease for the second time this year (13), sent her grey and brown coloured lacy underwear to the U.K.'s Bin Your Bra fundraising drive.
Women are able to hand an unwanted bra to organisers at the Against Breast Cancer charity and the items are then used to boost its coffers.
Anastacia got involved in the campaign through U.K. morning TV show Lorraine, and host Lorraine Kelly showed viewers the item during an interview with the singer on Thursday (03Oct13), saying, "This is Anastacia's brassiere. It's a beautiful bra, as you can see. Thank you Anastacia for giving us your bra."
The pop star added, "I'm so grateful to be part of Bin Your Bra - this is very exciting."
Pop star Anastacia is glad she has undergone a drastic double mastectomy as she no longer fears a return of breast cancer. The singer, who won a previous battle against the disease in 2003, was forced to axe her European tour after doctors told her in January (13) that the illness had returned.
The I'm Outta Love hitmaker revealed she is "in the final stages of recovery" earlier this week (begs30Sep13) after undergoing the radical surgery, and now she has spoken out about her latest health battle.
In an interview with U.K. TV host Lorraine Kelly, Anastacia says, "Any journey down that road is not easy for a female... but you just got to do what you've got to do and I'm breast cancer free forever... that at least has been worth the struggle.
"I advocate early detection, I advocate raising awareness... I think the more you talk, the more negativity that ever surrounds the word cancer just goes straight away."
"I released news abt (about) my DM (double mastectomy). Thank U all 4 yr (your) kind words. Writing ths (this) album has helped tremendously w/my (with my) recovery. Excited 2 (to) release IT." Pop star Anastacia thanks fans for their support after revealing she had both breasts removed following the return of her cancer.
Pop star Anastacia has undergone a double mastectomy after she was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time earlier this year (13). The singer, who was forced to axe her European tour after doctors told her in January (13) that the disease had returned, announced on her Twitter.com page in July (13) that she had beaten the illness.
She has now revealed she is "in the final stages of recovery" following the the radical surgery and hopes to support fellow cancer patients as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
The I'm Outta Love hitmaker says, "In light of Breast Cancer Awareness Month l wanted to take the opportunity to support a cause particularly close to my heart.
"l was diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time earlier this year and am currently in the final stages of recovery after undergoing a double mastectomy... It has been an intense journey but l am feeling great and ready to start the next chapter.
"Breast Cancer Awareness Month gives all who are facing this disease a chance to gain strength and support from each other. Early detection has saved my life twice. I will continue to battle and lend my voice in any way I can."
The singer previously won a battle against breast cancer in 2003.
Eighties pop stars Bros are eyeing a possible comeback after more than 20 years. The I Owe You Nothing hitmakers split in 1992 after six years together, and all three members went on to enjoy highly successful careers in the entertainment industry.
Singer Matt Goss is currently enjoying a residency in Las Vegas, his twin brother - drummer Luke - has several Hollywood roles to his name, and bassist Craig Logan manages pop stars including Dido and Anastacia.
In 2010, Matt Goss ruled out a comeback for the British band, but he now appears to be eyeing a potentially lucrative reunion.
He tells BBC Newsbeat, "I was just with Craig, actually a week ago in L.A. and it was really good. I think I can say this without annoying anyone, but I think we're all actually genuinely up for it finally."
Pop star Anastacia is plotting a return to the spotlight with a new record just months after she was given the all-clear from cancer. The singer was dealt a major blow in January (13) when she was forced to axe her 2013 European tour after doctors diagnosed her with breast cancer for a second time.
She spent most of this year (13) undergoing treatment before telling fans she had beaten the disease again last month (Jul13).
Anastacia has been using her treatment time to write new music, and the star has now revealed she will bounce back with an album in early 2014.
In a post on her Twitter.com page, she writes, "All music I have been working on the past couple years is all coming out beginning 2014."
Anastacia previously battled cancer in 2003.
Second album Freak of Nature went triple platinum in the U.K.
Released self-titled third album
Competed and made finals on MTV talent show "The Cut"
Released debut album Not That Kind, featuring single "I'm Outta Love"
Moved to Los Angeles
Was a judge on British talent show "Don't Stop Believing" (Channel 5)
Was member of band The Kraze
Sang back-up vocals on Tiffany's album New Inside
Performed on concert special "VH1 Divas Las Vegas"
Released album of rock covers It’s a Man’s World
A powerhouse singer, American-born Anastacia achieved her greatest professional success on the international charts. After taking second on the competition "The Cut" (MTV, 1997-99), she released her debut album, 2000's <i>Not That Kind</i>. Largely ignored by U.S. audiences, it became a global smash, powered in part by her international No. 1 "I'm Outta Love." She continued her trend of dazzling international fans while remaining largely unknown at home with such albums as 2001's <i>Freak of Nature</i>, 2004's <i>Anastacia</i>, 2005's <i>Pieces of a Dream</i> and 2012's <i>It's a Man's World</i> as well as such hits as "Paid My Dues," "One Day in Your Life," "Left Outside Alone" and "I Belong to You." She played herself in the inspirational family film "All You Can Dream" (2012) and launched her own clothing line, but made global headlines for her battle with breast cancer and constant advocacy for research and prevention. In 2013, she canceled a planned tour upon receiving a second cancer diagnosis, motivating fans and friends to hope for her swift and complete recovery. Soulful, strong and strikingly gifted, Anastacia inspired people around the world with her music as well as her courage.<p>Born Sept. 17, 1968 in Chicago, IL, Anastacia Lyn Newkirk grew up in New York City, where she dreamed of becoming a performer while struggling with multiple health issues. Requiring surgery for Crohn's disease and a recovery so painful it involved her having to learn how to walk again, she nevertheless broke into show business as a dancer on "Club MTV" (1985-1992) and in several music videos. It would be as a singer, however, that she would achieve fame, winning second place on the reality competition "The Cut" (MTV, 1997-99), which helped her land a record deal. Going by the single name "Anastacia," she released her debut album, 2000's <i>Not That Kind</i>, which made little dent on the U.S. charts. Around the world, however, the record became a smash hit, helping the singer become a global star. Her first single, "I'm Outta Love" went to No. 1 in Australia and was a hit in practically every country but the United States. Part of the difficulty Anastacia faced in cracking the U.S. market was that her soaring, diva-powered dance pop traditionally did not appeal to Americans in the way it did to other cultures, who adored it.<p>Much like Kylie Minogue, who achieved global pop superstar status while flying under the American radar, Anastacia became a huge celebrity around the world, and her second album, 2001's <i>Freak of Nature</i> sold well on the international market on the strength of such hits as "Paid My Dues" and "One Day in Your Life." She made global headlines, however, for a very different reason than her music. While prepping her third album, 2004's <i>Anastacia</i>, the singer was diagnosed with breast cancer and successfully underwent treatment. Pouring her heart and soul into the album while drawing much inspiration from her battle, the self-titled LP boosted her profile even farther, topping charts around the world while also scoring No. 1 hits in Australia, Austria, Italy and Switzerland with "Left Outside Alone" and earning another global smash with "Sick and Tired." Starting the Anastacia Fund to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, the singer went on to launch a clothing collection, "Anastacia by s. Oliver" and to release her first greatest hits set, 2005's <i>Pieces of a Dream</i>, which earned her the Germany, Italy and Switzerland chart-topper "I Belong to You."<p>As the decade drew to an end, however, Anastacia faced personal and professional struggles; not only was she diagnosed with a heart condition, but her next album, 2008's <i>Heavy Rotation</i>, proved disappointing on the charts. Continuing to record and tour throughout Europe, Anastacia became a judge on the reality show competition "Don't Stop Believing" (Channel 5, 2010), starred in the family film "All You Can Dream" (2012), and released an album of covers of hits performed by men, 2012's <i>It's a Man's World</i>. Although she announced plans to release a new album of original material as well as a tour in support of her covers project, they were both put on indefinite hold when it was revealed that Anastacia had once again been diagnosed with breast cancer.<p><i>By Jonathan Riggs</i>
Anastacia was diagnosed with Crohn's disease when she was 13.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003. Partnering with Estée Lauder, she created "The Anastacia Fund" to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of mammograms to women 35 and under. On Feb. 28, 2013, Anastacia announced that her breast cancer had come back.